Compressing HD Movie for ATV

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by DJAKO, Feb 26, 2008.

  1. DJAKO macrumors 6502a

    Sep 8, 2006
    I just ripped my first HD DVD using AnyDVD HD. I got a 27GB folder and I'd like to be able to use watch the movie using my Apple TV. For normal movies I use handbrake for windows and also for my Mac. Are there any windows applications so I can compress the file to either .mov .mp4 and retain the HD quality to some degree and the 5.1?
  2. Nimiety macrumors regular

    Sep 6, 2006
    Handbrake, in my humble opinion. It gives the most control and with the new version will pass 5.1 sound over. Keep in mind, as quality goes up so does file size, but frankly, a two pass encoding at 2500 bits/sec is good enough for most people to show off and be proud to watch with friends. When you tell them it's on the apple tv and not dvd, the usual response is... "Really?"

  3. dynaflash macrumors 68020

    Mar 27, 2003
    Remember, HandBrake will only read mpeg-2 sources.
  4. nordesmic macrumors member

    May 2, 2005
    Adelaide, Australia
    Have a look in the other HD conversion thread for a link to a comprehensive guide. Basically you need to process the Ripped files using software called EVODemux.

    From what I understand this will give a video (AVC or VC1, very rarely MPEG2) and audio stream (DD+, TrueHD, DTS). Converting the audio is tricky as very few applications can process the newer audio codecs. Eac3to seems to be the one that will work, but requires you to install some codecs first. Nero Recode can process the video to a HDAVC stream of whatever bitrate you choose. The resulting MP4 file then plays in Quicktime (I tested it on a 1 minute, 720p clip).

    Good Luck. I haven't tried the full workflow yet but I will give it a go soon.

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